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FactDodd was a supporter of the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher and campaigned during the 1979 general election campaign, which first brought her to power. In the last rally, in Wembley Arena, he introduced her on to the stage.

Ken Dodd is a British comedian, singer and writer. He was born on the 8th of November, 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England. His parents were Arthur and Sarah Dodd. He has two sisters, June and Patricia. Ken Dodd was educated at Didsbury County Grammar School and the Liverpool College of Art.

Ken Dodd’s career began in the early 1950s when he started working as a stand-up comedian in music halls and clubs. He soon developed his own unique style of comedy, which combines witty one-liners with long, convoluted jokes. Ken Dodd has also appeared in several films and television programmes, including The Ken Dodd Show (1965-66), Ken Dodd’s World of Laughter (1972) and An Audience with Ken Dodd (1982).

Ken Dodd has been married twice. His first wife was Anne Jones, whom he married in 1965. They had one child together, a son named Nicholas. Ken Dodd’s second wife is Marion Smiley, whom he married in 2002. They have no children together.

Ken Dodd has an estimated net worth of $5 million. His salary is not known. However, he has earned significant amounts of money from his comedy shows, films and television programmes.

Ken Dodd is 1.83 m tall and of average build. He has blue eyes and grey hair.

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Full NameKen Dodd
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Comedian, Actor, Songwriter, Love Is Like a Violin, Tears, Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder


ParentsArthur Dodd, Sarah Dodd, Love Is Like a Violin, Tears, Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder
SiblingsJune Dodd, William Dodd, Love Is Like a Violin, Tears, Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder
PartnerAnne Jones, Anne Jones


AwardsThe British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, British Comedy Award for Best Variety Performer, Love Is Like a Violin, Tears, Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder
NominationsNME Award for World Male Singer, NME Award for World Musical Personality, NME Award for British Male Singer, NME Award for Best New Disc Of The Year, NME Award for British Vocal Personality, Love Is Like a Violin, Tears, Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder
MoviesAlice in Wonderland, Hamlet
TV ShowsThe Ken Dodd Laughter Show, Ken Dodd's World of Laughter, Doddy's Music Box, Ken Dodd's Showbiz, Ken Dodd In 'Funny You Should Say That', A Question Of Entertainment, The Ken Dodd Show, Ken Dodd and the Diddymen

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1Protruding buck teeth
2Carries a feather duster around, he refers to it as a "Tickling Stick"


1How tickled I am!


1In 2006, Ken Dodd appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in front of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, where he reprised some of his famous jokes, including those about tax accountants as well as singing his famous song "Happiness".
2Dodd is renowned for the length of his performances, and during the 1960s he earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours (7.14 jokes per minute), undertaken at a Liverpool theatre, where audiences were observed to enter the show in shifts.
3In the 1960s his fame in the UK was such that he rivalled The Beatles as a household name, with his recording of "Tears" being the UK's third best selling single of the 1960s.
4At the age of seven, he was dared by his school friends to ride his bike with his eyes shut. He accepted the dare, crashed and received facial injuries which resulted in his distinctive buck teeth.
5Dodd's stand-up comedy style is fast and relies on the rapid delivery of one-liner jokes. He has claimed that his comic influences include other Liverpool comedians like Arthur Askey, Robb Wilton, Tommy Handley and the "cheeky chappy" from Brighton, Max Miller.
6Dodd was made an honorary fellow of the University of Chester on 4 November 2009, having been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at a graduation ceremony in Chester Cathedral. His doctorate was presented by Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster. He was awarded a Doctorate of Letters at Liverpool Hope University on 25 January 2010 during the university's Foundation Day celebrations.
7Dodd was a supporter of the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher and campaigned during the 1979 general election campaign, which first brought her to power. In the last rally, in Wembley Arena, he introduced her on to the stage.
8Dodd has had two long-term fiancées, but has never married. A stalker, Ruth Tagg, who harassed Dodd and his girlfriend Anne Jones (who is also a current support act, named 'Sybie' Jones), sending threatening letters and a dead rat, attempted to burn down his house by pushing burning rags through the letterbox in October 2001. Tagg pleaded guilty to harassment and arson at Preston Crown Court.
9A statue depicting Dodd with his feather duster was unveiled in Lime Street Station, Liverpool on 11 June 2009.
10Dodd became one of the rare entertainers to be given a second show of An Audience with... which he did in Another audience with Ken Dodd in 2002.
11In July 2010, the regional UK airline Eastern Airways named one of their Jetstream 41 aircraft after Dodd, in celebration of one year of scheduled services to Liverpool, and the support that Dodd shows for the region and in particular the airport.
12In 2012 at the age of 84, he played the Princes Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex on 7 July. Starting at 7.15pm he continued until just before 9.00pm when Sybie Jones took to the stage. Returning at 9.30pm he continued until 10.00pm. The second support act performed until Dodd's return just before 11.00pm when he continued until 00.25am. As of 2016 Dodd continues to tour extensively.
13In a 2005 poll of comedians and comedy insiders to find the 'Comedians' Comedian', Dodd was voted amongst the 'Top 50 Comedy Acts Ever', ranked as number 36.
14A guest at the Royal Variety Performance in 1986.
15Visiting theatres in the north of England as part of the Christmas leg of this year's 'Happiness Show' tour. [December 2003]
16His famous protruding buck teeth are the result of a childhood accident when his friends dared him to ride his bicycle with his eyes shut. The bike hit a kerb and Ken hit the ground, landing on his face.
17In 1989 he was charged with tax evasion. Thanks to the work of George Carman QC who defended him, he was acquitted. For a while afterwards he used the experience in his stage acts, introducing himself by saying "Good evening, my name is Kenneth Arthur Dodd: singer, photographic playboy and failed accountant".
18He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1982 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to entertainment and to charity.
19Dan Young gave Dodd his first break in show business.
20Had a UK number one hit in the sixties with 'Tears'.




Ken Dodd: Another Audience with Ken Dodd2002TV Special documentary
Ken Dodd: Live Laughter Tour1996Video documentary script
Ken Dodd: An Audience with Ken Dodd1994TV Special documentary uncredited
Showbiz1982TV Series
The Ken Dodd Laughter Show1979TV Series devised by - 6 episodes
World of Laughter1974TV Series devised by - 2 episodes
The Ken Dodd Show1960-1969TV Series script - 31 episodes
Doddy's Music Box1967TV Series


The Canterbury Tales2000TV Series
Alice in Wonderland1999TV MovieMr Mouse
Dennis the Menace1996TV SeriesSir Fitz-Patrick Flush
The Stuart Hall Show1994TV Series
Doctor Who1987TV SeriesTollmaster
Showbiz1982TV Series
Funny You Should Say That1972TV Series
Points North1958TV Series
Red Riding Hood1955TV MovieJolly Jenkins


American Swing2008Documentary performer: "Happiness"
Alice in Wonderland1999TV Movie performer: "What Am I Going To Talk About?"
3-2-11987TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ken Dodd Laughter Show1979TV Series performer - 6 episodes


Comedy Britain2011TV Movie documentary archive


The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One2015TV MovieHimself
Rita & Me2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mastermind2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Glasgow: Big Night Out2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fern Britton Meets...2013TV SeriesHimself
Paul O'Grady's Working Britain2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Les Dawson: An Audience with That Never Was2013TV Special documentaryHimself
Michael Grade & the World's Oldest Joke2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Blackpool: Big Night Out2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Great Eric Sykes2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cilla's Unswung Sixties2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Untold Tommy Cooper2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timeshift2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Comedian
My Favourite Joke2011TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Britain2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Lives2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Story of Variety with Michael Grade2011TV Series documentaryHimself
I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern2011DocumentaryHimself
100 Years of the London Palladium2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Newsnight2010TV SeriesHimself
30 Years of 'An Audience With...'2010TV Series documentaryHimself
This Morning2008TV SeriesHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Arena2007TV Series documentaryHimself
More Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Songs of Praise2007TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1980-2007TV SeriesHimself
Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 20062006TV MovieHimself - Performer
The Best of the Royal Variety2006TV SeriesHimself
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV2005TV SpecialHimself
The South Bank Show1978-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Bob Monkhouse: A BAFTA Tribute2004TV Special documentaryHimself
Behind the Laughter2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Ken Dodd: Another Audience with Ken Dodd2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Stand Up with Alan Davies2000TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Comedy1997-1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Melissa1997TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Ken Dodd: Live Laughter Tour1996Video documentaryHimself
The Richard Whiteley Show1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Face to Face1995TV SeriesHimself
Ken Dodd: An Audience with Ken Dodd1994TV Special documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1972-1994TV Series documentaryHimself
Des O'Connor Tonight1993TV SeriesHimself
GMTV1993TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment UK1992TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Television's Greatest Hits1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Noel's House Party1992TV SeriesHimself
Without Walls1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Sunday, Sunday1990TV SeriesHimself
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHimself
A Question of Entertainment1988TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Out1988TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief1988TV SpecialHimself
Emu's Wide World1987TV SeriesHimself
Children in Need1987TV SeriesHimself
3-2-11987TV SeriesHimself - Guest Star
Looks Familiar1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Blankety Blank1982-1985TV SeriesHimself
Highway1984TV SeriesHimself
The Saturday Show1983TV SeriesHimself
The Good Old Days1955-1982TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Top of the Pops1966-1981TV SeriesHimself
Summer Royal1980TV SeriesHimself
Seaside Special1975-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Presenter
The Ken Dodd Laughter Show1979TV SeriesHimself
Be My Guest1977TV SeriesHimself
Everyman1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Stars on Sunday1977TV SeriesHimself
World of Laughter1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Big Time1976TV Series documentaryHimself
The Golden Shot1971-1974TV SeriesHimself
Look Who's Talking1973TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Ryan and Ronnie1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Lift Off1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Rolf Harris Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Omnibus1969TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ken Dodd Show1959-1969TV SeriesHimself
Ken Dodd & the Diddymen1969TV SeriesHimself - narrator
Doddy's Music Box1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1962-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 19651965TV SpecialHimself
1964 General Election1964TV Special documentaryHimself
Juke Box Jury1964TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Stars at Blackpool1957TV SeriesHimself
Blackpool Show Parade1957TV SeriesHimself
Six-Five Special1957TV SeriesHimself
Northern Showground1956TV SeriesHimself
Let's Have Fun1956TV ShortHimself
It's a Great Life1955TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

That's So...2016TV Series documentaryHimself
The Talent Show Story2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Comedy Songs: The Pop Years2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Timeshift2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ken Dodd in the Dock2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Room 1011995-1999TV SeriesHimself
Seriously Funny: An Argument for Comedy1997TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Kicking & Screaming1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose1992TV MovieHimself


Won Awards

1993Lifetime Achievement AwardBritish Comedy Awards

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